As Black Lives Matter (BLM) campaign gets more and more support from South African cricketers, Graeme Smith has also joined them in the league. Smith, the director of South Africa cricket and former cricketer, will take the knee along with players and staff in support of the campaign during the inauguration match of the 3TCricket on 18 July.
Racial discrimination topic fired in South Africa after the young pacer Lungi Ngidi showed his support to BLM. This campaign rose after the death of George Floyd in the USA.
Ngidi was criticised by former Proteas cricketers but several cricketers like Makhaya Ntini, Herschelle Gibbs, Vernon Philander, Ashwell Prince, JP Duminy, Paul Adams and many more came forward in his support.
Graeme Smith writes a Twitter post:
Graeme Smith also said that there is no room for neutrality on this topic. He is proud to be part of this revolutionary movement.
“As Director of Cricket at Cricket South Africa, a former Protea and captain, a teammate, a father, a brother, a friend and most importantly fellow South African, I am proud to support this incredibly important movement. There is no room for neutrality in on this topic,” Smith wrote on his Twitter handle.
“I stand with Lungi Ngidi and our brothers and sisters around the world. I will join the teams tomorrow in taking the knee at the 3TC #SolidarityCup,” he wrote.
— Graeme Smith (@GraemeSmith49) July 17, 2020
Meanwhile, 3TCricket is an inventive shorter format, three teams, comprising of eight players each, will go head-to-head-to-head in a single, explosive match.
All money raised will go to THE HARDSHIP FUND, a Cricket South Africa initiative to help all those from the cricket community who are enduring hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.